Can Watching Television be Healthy?
We say yes! You can watch TV till your eyes bleed? If the words 'couch potato' make you think of yourself, we say hang in there. Today we are going to learn about the art of using breaks in between your favourite television shows for a workout. So switch that TV on and let's get going.
TV watching exercises. This is a great way for beginners to follow a 10-minute exercise regimen during their favourite show's commercial instead of reaching for a handful of chips or cookies. We say, get moving!
- Pushups: Perform floor push ups. Too difficult for you? Initiate by placing your hands on the wall and then pushing your body back with full intensity. Complete 10 reps for three commercial breaks, with spot jogging in between while the show's on.
- Chair squats: Stand up, pretend to sit down (don’t sit down completely to intensify your workout) and then stand with full force.
- On the spot marching: Swing both your arms in opposite direction and lift your knees up waist high. This might seem like a low intensity exercise, but five minutes into it, you'll feel yourself building up a sweat.
Perform these three exercises during three different commercial breakups and within a week, you would've crossed over to the next stage of more intense working out.
Replace alcohol and sugar drinks with lemonade and soda. We all know this – our body is made up of 70 percent water which helps in regulating our body temperature and aids in transporting oxygen to our cells. Too much soda and lemonade can lead to negative side effects such as eliminating calcium and other essential nutrients from your body. Go for a diet soda after adding a small pinch of salt and lime juice to it. Looking for a twist? Add pudhina pattas to it. This will give a refreshing tangy flavour to your drink. Too much of alcohol, as well, can add to your weight, thus the key lies in budgeting your drinking.
Stick to these simple, yet effective, fitness habits while watching television and very soon you'll find yourself gearing up for more healthy habits...like perhaps, leaving the TV for a gym?
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